VARIETY IS SPICE OF PLAYBOY JAZZ FEST.Byline: Chris Walker There are several people called Chris Walker or Christopher Walker:
It was the perfect matchup for the 25th installment of the Playboy Jazz Festival The Playboy Jazz Festival is an annual event sponsored by Playboy Enterprises to celebrate jazz as well as feature both established and up and coming musicians of the genre. It was founded by Hugh Hefner and was first held in Chicago, Illinois at the Chicago Stadium in 1959. - Al Jarreau Alwyn Lopez "Al" Jarreau (born March 12, 1940) is an American singer. A seven-time Grammy Award winner, he is the only vocalist in history to win in three separate categories: jazz, pop, and R&B. and Dave Brubeck's quartet doing ``Take Five'' together.
When the silver-maned Brubeck, sporting a dapper Dapper
lawyer’s clerk; swindled into believing himself perfect gambler. [Br. Lit.: The Alchemist]
See : Dupery beige blazer, announced that Jarreau was joining his group to do probably jazz's most popular song, the audience erupted. That's not an easy feat, since the crowd is typically more interested in chatting while consuming libations and scrumptious morsels, which has become synonymous with synonymous with
adjective equivalent to, the same as, identical to, similar to, identified with, equal to, tantamount to, interchangeable with, one and the same as the event. But when top-selling pop/jazz vocalist Jarreau zestfully scatted away, he invoked memories of his initial renditions of the tune that propelled him to jazz stardom 25 years ago.
For Brubeck, the grand master of jazz, who originally composed the classic and recorded it in 1959, he cannot ever do a concert and not perform it. In truth, although the singer and pianist are drastically different in style and delivery, they're both forever bound to ``Take Five.''
At the Playboy Jazz Festival, it really all boils down to who can tear the highly socializing audience away from their wine and cheese long enough to get them to pay full attention to a performance. Brubeck and Jarreau, along with alto saxophonist Bobby Militello's soaring solos, certainly accomplished that. During the course of 17 hours of music performed Saturday and Sunday, it didn't happen that often. But when it did, it was undeniable, and the other artist to make a grand impact was in fact the youngest to perform - 13-year-old Renee Olstead. The darling redhead won the Hollywood Bowl's heart and admiration when featured with emcee Bill Cosby's band, the Cos of Good Music VIII.
The hard-swinging all-star ensemble included top veterans saxophonist Pete Christlieb Pete Christlieb (b. February 16, 1945) is a jazz bebop, West Coast jazz and hard bop tenor saxophonist born in Los Angeles, California and son of bassoonist Don Christlieb. , drummer Ndugu Chancler, vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson Bobby Hutcherson (born January 27, 1941 in Los Angeles) is a jazz vibraphone and marimba player. His vibraphone playing is suggestive of the style of Milt Jackson in its free-flowing melodicism but his sense of harmony and group interaction is thoroughly modern. and others along with emerging saxophonist Keschia Potter. Nevertheless, Olstead shined the brightest, despite being in the company of the stellar players, and only did one song. Her opening a cappella a cap·pel·la
Without instrumental accompaniment.
[Italian : a, in the manner of + cappella, chapel, choir.]
Adj. 1. verse of ``At Last,'' popularized by Etta James, literally had the Bowl audience in suspended motion. This girl, not even old enough to drive, has a colossal voice. After drawing a standing ovation, without a doubt she'll be back one day to do a full set. Cosby joked as she left that ``since she's only 13, she only knows one song.''
New Orleans-based Los Hombres Calientes Los Hombres Calientes is a New Orleans based jazz group. They are most associated with Latin jazz, especially Afro-Cuban jazz, and contemporary jazz. Their 1998 self-titled debut was praised by the New Orleans Times-Picayune. , led by percussionist Bill Summers and trumpeter Irvin Mayfield, scored on Sunday with a funk-groove jam that had an irresistible feeling and stood out from an invigorating in·vig·or·ate
tr.v. in·vig·or·at·ed, in·vig·or·at·ing, in·vig·or·ates
To impart vigor, strength, or vitality to; animate: "A few whiffs of the raw, strong scent of phlox invigorated her" program that mixed Latin jazz, Caribbean, African and Brazilian rhythms, along with New Orleans down-home soul.
On Saturday, the Blind Boys of Alabama delved into traditional gospel and transported the audience to a Southern gospel church. They went into the surrounding box seats while performing, which further aroused the crowd for an extended vocal foray.
Jazz purists were not left out and experienced palatable sets from several mainstream groups. Grammy-winning bassist Dave Holland's quintet showed that through stellar musicianship and enticing rhythms, audiences would pay attention, while drummer Roy Haynes' adroit quartet did it through song selection, featuring Thelonious Monk and Pat Metheny compositions.
Better-known as a pop/smooth-jazz artist, singer Boz Scaggs presented a relaxing segment of standards Saturday evening, which included a somewhat mellow version of ``Lowdown low·down
The whole truth: gave us the lowdown on what happened at the party.
lowdown low (inf) n he gave me the lowdown on it → .'' Promising artistry was displayed in opening sets by the L.A. County High School for the Arts Jazz Ensemble Saturday and the Brubeck Institute Jazz Quintet, with players from several states, on Sunday.
Latin music unquestionably un·ques·tion·a·ble
Beyond question or doubt. See Synonyms at authentic.
un·question·a·bil has to be represented and was done so from several aspects. Trumpeter Bobby Rodriguez's Salsa Orchestra, composed of 20 musicians, boldly roared, interspersing big-band and Latin rhythms with homeboy home·boy
1. A male friend or acquaintance from one's neighborhood or hometown.
2. A fellow male gang member.
1. East L.A. pride on Sunday. Alternatively, conga master Poncho Sanchez fused mainstream jazz and r&b into his Latin mix. He featured vocal and saxophone legend James Moody for several numbers.
From a pop standpoint, Brazilian Daniela Mercury performed spirited tunes with rock and techno tinges. Funk, hip-hop, rock en espanol and everything in between came through L.A. favorites Ozomatli.
Funk/pop/smooth-jazz performers rounded out things. Commanding impressive attention was vocalist Lizz Wright, who has a hardy voice but surprisingly focused on low-key material in the early festival hour Saturday. Hiroshima offered funk-based Asian tinged world/contemporary jazz, while saxophonist Boney James, a Bowl favorite, satisfied smooth-jazz buffs with gobs of energy and funk.
Show closers Guitars & Saxes featuring Richard Elliott (sax), Peter White (acoustic guitar), Jeff Golub (electric guitar) and Steve Cole (sax), did not go quietly into the night. They instead did lively numbers that had remaining audience members dancing about while each artist showcased a couple of tunes.